Though the film isn’t due out until next Friday, last night the embargo lifted on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and there’s now a handful of reviews and a handful of clips from the upcoming movie online. Check them out.

Though our review was on the more negative side of things, no one is calling it an outright masterpiece (Collider came the closest with an A- review), but most of the positives on Rotten Tomatoes also offer their praise couched in “it’s not as good as” The Lord of the Rings films. Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci says “It’s not as bad as you feared, but not as good as you hoped. ” while Drew McWeeny of Hitfix says “For now, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is a good start, but with the expectations resting on the film, is good going to be good enough?”And Jeremy Smith over at Ain’t it Cool says that the film is “more like cartography than storytelling.”

Variety says While Peter Jackson’s prequel to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ delivers more of what made his earlier trilogy so compelling — it doesn’t offer nearly enough novelty to justify the three-film, nine-hour treatment,” and The Hollywood Reporter agrees by saying the film is “a bit of a slog.” But perhaps fans will agree with The Vine who sayThe Hobbit is nothing short of a joyous homecoming. ”

The film doesn’t open until December 14, so many will have to wait until then, and most won’t get to see the film in 48fps, which is being roundly roasted by critics. Here are six clips from the film, to help you make up your own mind:

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